Judges

Our judging panel features high-profile business leaders and decision-makers.

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Peter Keyte (Judging Chair): COO, Port of Brisbane

Peter is a senior member of the executive team at the Port of Brisbane, managing a number of key business units. He is responsible for improving trade, shipping and landside services at the port; the operation of the Brisbane Multimodal Terminal; port operations; port security; marine and dredging operations; trade development and marketing; and safety and emergency response. Peter joined the Port of Brisbane in January 2004, after 22 years’ experience in the shipping and stevedoring industry with P&O. During that time, he held senior management positions in various P&O Group companies, working in the UK, New Zealand, Asia and Sydney.
Dylan Byrne

Dylan Byrne: Partner, BDO

Dylan has more than 20 years’ experience advising manufacturing and associated businesses, as well as providing strategic-planning, growth-planning, taxation and broad-based business advisory services. Dylan’s clients have included specialty, high-value manufacturers and agricultural supply-chain businesses, with a particular focus on high-growth businesses. Special interests include sustainability issues and planning for growth and future funding events.
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Janelle Casey: State Director – Queensland, Austrade

Janelle has been Austrade’s State Director in Queensland since January 2018. She has also worked extensively offshore, including in trade commissioner roles in Vietnam, Singapore and Hong Kong. Her offshore experience has been complemented by a number of onshore placements, including management roles in sectors such as resources and energy; infrastructure; ICT; health; and biotech. Prior to Austrade, Janelle worked with HSBC in Hong Kong and for various business services companies.
Paul Cooper

Paul Cooper: Chairman, Advanced Manufacturing Growth Centre

Paul is Chairman of Rinstrum Group, a manufacturer in the weighing industry with operations in Australia, Germany, the USA and Sri Lanka. Rinstrum was a former category winner in the awards. Paul is also Chairman of the Advanced Manufacturing Growth Centre Ltd, which supports Australian manufacturers to become globally competitive.
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Ray Kelly: Consultant

Recently retired, Ray has a lifetime of experience working across public-sector economic development agencies, the university sector and private industry. Following a successful career in senior and executive roles across international trade development, investment attraction, innovation and commercialisation, Ray has taken on leadership roles in international marketing at various universities.
Kathleen

Kathleen Newcombe: CEO, Education and Recruitment, Sarina Russo

Kathleen is CEO of the Sarina Russo Group, incorporating James Cook University Brisbane, Sarina Russo Job Access and Sarina Russo Institute. She has 30 years' experience in higher education, vocational training and employment in Australia and the USA. She also spent 3 years in leadership roles in the insurance industry. Kathleen is currently a director of the Australian Council of Private Education and Training, a member of the Expert Panel for International Education, a Council Member at King’s College at the University of Queensland, and a Board Member at Study Queensland. She has completed professional development at Harvard Business School, University of Florida and the Australian Institute of Company Directors.
Adam

Adam Pearce: Associate Director – QLD, Export Finance Australia

As the Acting State Director for EFIC in Queensland. Adam is responsible for delivering financial solutions to small and medium-sized export businesses to help them build their business overseas. He has 18 years of regional, corporate and business banking experience throughout Queensland, focusing on managing customers across diverse industries including professional services, real estate, manufacturing, engineering, natural resources, and AXS-listed companies. Prior to joining Efic, Adam was a senior property specialist and a specialist corporate manager for Brisbane and regional Queensland.
Marie Phillips

Marie Phillips: Industry & Strategy Director, Public Sector – APAC, Infor

For more than 25 years, Marie has led teams focused on selling complex technology solutions to the public sector. For the past 12 years, she has taken a leadership role in the design, creation and sale of technology allowing the community to electronically interact with all spheres of government. In July 2008, Marie co-founded ICON Software Solutions. Marie’s role as CEO and Executive Director enabled her to set a clear strategic plan for growth, identifying gaps in the market and how to take advantage of opportunities for disruption. ICON maintained an average growth rate of 50% and saw rapid expansion into target markets. Working closely with the board, Marie managed the successful sale of ICON for $10m million in January 2015.
Brian

Brian Ruddle: Managing Director, Impact Innovation Group

Brian leads a team of specialist innovation and technology commercialisation practitioners across Australia. Since founding the Impact Innovation Group in 2006, Brian has developed innovation systems for enterprises of all sizes, from SMEs to multinationals. Working closely with governance boards and senior managers, he helps derive value from R&D, innovation programs and commercialisation efforts, turning ideas into assets for local and international markets. Brian draws on more than two decades of experience across Asia, Africa and the Pacific, where he managed projects in sectors such as health, education, mining, agriculture, finance, trade, and water.
Stephen Tait

Stephen Tait: CEO, Chamber of Commerce and Industry Queensland

Since being appointed CEO in January 2012, Stephen has led the reinvention of Queensland’s peak business industry association to ensure its future relevance. During this period, CCIQ has revolutionised its strategy, culture and value proposition to reflect the passion and energy of the small business community and to embrace emerging industries and the knowledge economy. Under his leadership, CCIQ has posted its third year of significant growth in membership, revenue and media exposure, reaching unprecedented levels. Stephen also has national and international experience in business strategy, senior leadership, sales management, strategic marketing, change management and full P&L responsibility in all business environments.
Richard

Richard Watson: Deputy CEO, Trade and Investment Queensland

Richard leads TIQs corporate governance and services, including policy development, strategy implementation and corporate communications. He joined TIQ in July 2017, bringing with him over 15 years’ experience in various senior executive roles in the sports management and events industry in both the commercial and government sectors. He has a substantial career history spanning consulting, financial control and management, business development, and stakeholder engagement and management.
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Jeremy White: State Manager Queensland, HSBC

Jeremy is a senior finance and relationship banking professional, with 28 years’ experience in leading financial institutions and professional services firms, in both Australia and the UK. He has a proven track record of building strong business relationships, business development, and exceeding sales/profit targets in highly competitive environments. His past roles have included managing large clients and teams across a variety of geographies, client segments and products.